ERRP transforms Chipinge, Chimanimani

By Tamuka Charakupa

THE government’s Emergency Road Rehabilitation Programme (ERRP) has opened new economic opportunities for various communities, while the tender process is being refined to reward contractors who have performed well.

Easy transportation of goods and enhanced access to services are some of the benefits, which rural communities of Chipinge and Chimanimani are now enjoying, thanks to government’s Emergency Road Rehabilitation Programme.

‘We are excited that some of the roads which had been neglected are up and running. This Mwacheta-Chibuwe road was now inaccessible, but we are delighted with the pace of progress that we are witnessing, all thanks to the government for making rural roads a priority. Our people need to move from one place to the other to access services,” said a member of the community.

While notable progress is being recorded on roads construction and rehabilitation, government says it is now issuing performance-based contracts to reward contractors that have the capacity to deliver.

“As the government, we are now issuing performance-based contracts where we pay the contractor according to the works delivered. We have realised that some are backdoor companies who satisfy all the required paperwork at tendering, yet with no equipment or capacity to deliver,” said Honourable Mike Madiro, the Deputy Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Development.

District Development Fund Permanent Secretary, Christopher Shumba also revealed a new strategy to fast-track construction projects across the country.

“As the DDF, we have a budget of ZWL$7 billion for this year and the focus remains to ensure we meet all the priority projects targets as we have tightened how we issue tenders and inspecting the capacity of contractors,” he said.

Meanwhile, contractors are now on site for the rehabilitation of Chipinge-Mt Selinda Road, while the rehabilitation of the Birchenough-Murambira highway is expected to start this month.